Fellowship Program

Overview

The Social Connectedness Fellowship Program empowers students and recent graduates to carry out innovative research that will inspire local and global action to build community and belonging.

History

The Social Connectedness Fellowship Program was created in the summer of 2017 to enable students and recent graduates to expand their professional networks and gain hands-on experience in research and programming, all while equipping them with new skills and a framework to tackle issues of the 21st century

Fellows work with a partner organization in the social connectedness movement and conduct research, writing, analysis, and outreach in thematic areas related to social isolation and connectedness. They gain knowledge and develop research specific to their partner’s objectives/mandates, as well as connect with other partners to consult and benefit from their expertise. Past partners have included: Data-Driven Lab, Special Olympics International, Human Rights Watch, Synergos Institute, Partners in Health, Our Place, The Stop Community Food Centre, Médecins Sans Frontières, and more.

Over four cohorts, Fellows have looked at the applications of social connectedness in the following areas:

  • Youth mental health and capacity-building
  • Urban integration of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Food security
  • Architecture and design
  • Inclusive education
  • Disability rights
  • Older persons’ human rights
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Community arts initiatives
  • LBTQI+ rights

Our fellows have worked in cities around the world:

  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg
  • Ohio
  • Boston
  • London
  • Paris
  • Dubai
  • Kampala
  • Johannesburg
  • Bucharest

Due to the strong linkages and outreach with partners and community organizations, our Fellows have delivered impact-driven research. Their final research reports went on to inspire new events on behalf of SCSC, launch pilot programs with partners and directly influence community initiatives.

Our Fellows have also gone on to pursue advanced degrees in Law, Social Policy, Economics, Environment, Education, Architecture and Design, to name a few. Many have gone on to work in organizations and institutions such as UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, AMEL Association International in Beirut, UN Environment Programme, and the McConnell Foundation.

It was the first time I was truly given the opportunity to mold my own project and in doing so, I not only learned new skills related to interviewing techniques, event management, and community-building, but I also found a new confidence in my own capabilities to effectuate real change at the grassroots level.

Social Connectedness Fellow 2019